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March 2019

Processing Real Life Struggles

By Scott Meier

1 Corinthians 10: 13 reminds us that we all face struggles and challenges to our faith. And, while the specifics may change over time, the basics of the things faced by Christians have not changed that much through the generations. This activity will help students think through how temptations play out in their real world and how they can deal with them as Christians.

  • As a group, come up with some of the things (trials, temptations, struggles, testing, etc.) that we face that challenge our faith. Make a list of as many as you can come up with as a group.
  • After you have completed your list, break the larger group up into smaller groups of 2 or 3 people.Assign each smaller group one of the items from the list. Ask them to come up with a real life scenario one might face. Write it out with names for fictional people, etc. Then read the scenario to the group.
  • Once each scenario is read ask the group to come up with how that scenario can be faithfully met and dealt with.
Scott has served in student ministry for over 30 years, the past 24 years at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Having grown up in an incredible and life-changing youth ministry at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, Washington, Scott got his start at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman, Washington while a student at Washington State University. Scott has a passion for missions and leadership development, and desires to create life-long disciples for Jesus Christ. Scott and his wife Kristin have a little girl, Laurel Kate.